Maria Cornelius, who joined Moxley Carmichael in 2013, is a longtime communications professional with extensive experience as a writer and editor across various media, including digital and print.
Maria has been immersed in local media for 30 years and works closely with our account executives and creative staff to help serve our diverse client base. Her versatility is vital for the firm, as she can handle multimedia platforms, including social media, where she has an active and engaging presence. Maria worked for 14 years at the News Sentinel, where she rose through the ranks from reporter to assistant managing editor. Her familiarity with this community serves her well in public relations.
Maria also is an accomplished sportswriter with bylines in local, regional and national media and continues to write in that arena. She wrote the award-winning book, “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt,” which was published by The University of Tennessee Press and chronicles the last season of the legendary Lady Vols basketball coach.
Maria is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); U.S. Basketball Writers Association; and Association for Women in Sports Media. She has served on the board of the East Tennessee SPJ chapter since 2016. Maria also serves as a committee member in Knoxville for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to help coordinate the annual walk at World Fair’s Park and serves on the board of Champions for a Cause, which raises funds for breast cancer awareness and was founded by coaches and former Lady Vol basketball players, Holly Warlick and Nikki Caldwell Fargas.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis in 1987. Originally from North Carolina, Maria now resides in Seymour with her dog, Scout, and assorted cats, including the angelic Patches and a diva named Sophia Maria.